David wanted to build a temple for the Lord, but he was given this promise instead:
‘It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.’
1 Chronicles 28:6
We see that Solomon has indeed built a temple for the Lord. The Ark now has a permanent home in the magnificent temple.
Solomon recognises the fulfilment of God’s promises and his continued gracious dealing with the nation of Israel. Truly these are the golden years of Israel under Solomon.
Unfortunately Solomon also led the decline of Israel. In Deuteronomy we see this warning for the King:
And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.
Soon we will see a negative fulfilment of these warnings.
A more far reaching prophecy from Moses is this one:
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen”
This is a key sign that Israel had been waiting for – a prophet like Moses:
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”
Here we reach the culmination of Jesus’ ministry. He has done many miraculous signs. He has given them “bread from heaven” like the prophet Moses. But Jesus teaches them that this is just a shadow of the true bread of life – Jesus himself.
My favourite verses from this chapter are these:
“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
We live in a world where many people are asking what they must do to be acceptable to God. I pray we will be always be ready with this answer.